Title of symposium:
Citizen Science: Global Biodiversity Monitoring and Science Literacy Empowerment

Symposium summary:
One of the biggest challenges of Biodiversity Conservation in the Anthropocene is to assess change in the status and trends of global biodiversity, what is highly recognized by several international treaties such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species.

Citizen Science in the last decade has become a major force in terms of data achievement, especially, for global large-scale projects. The constant informatics innovation, the rise of new platforms, interfaces and apps with thousands of members involved empower scientists and conservation managers with a growing arm of biodiversity monitoring citizen scientists which make it not only possible but, also, viable to track biodiversity status even in real time, worldwide.

This symposium aims to present miscellaneous cases, new tools, platforms, engagement strategies and other related topics that may support biodiversity scientists in the development of projects and management of programs, including outcomes retrospectives and future perspectives of Citizen Science projects designed to successful collect and monitor data.

Aiming to share knowlodge on why and how scientists and decision makers should allocate efforts to build a strong community of citizen scientists and discuss the challenges, solutions, and limitations of citizen science for monitoring global biodiversity.

List of Symposium Speakers and Presentation Titles

  1. Sandro Von Matter
    Russell E. Train Fellow, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Scientist
    Presentation title:
    Linking Science Communication to Data Achievement. Strategies for a highly successful Global Citizen Science Project, actual Stage, and Perspectives for Biodiversity Monitoring in Tropical Forests.
  2. Chihjen Ko
    Node manager of TaiBIF, the Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility
    Presentation title:
    Contributions of citizen scientists to global biodiversity monitoring
  3. Pierre Bonnet
    Cirad institute, The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
    Presentation title:
    Potentials of a large scale citizen science platform for tropical plant species detection and phenological study.
  4. Benjamin Ong
    University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
    Presentation title:
    City Nature Challenge Program - Malaysia.
  5. Alan Stenhouse
    Centre for Applied Conservation Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
    Presentation title:
    Biodiversity Monitoring Citizen Science Projects in Australia
  6. Cagan Sekercioglu
    University of Utah, USA
    Presentation title:
    Volunteers in Citizen Science projects for collecting biodiversity data, lessons and challenges.